Thank you to all who took part in the 2019 Festival, with over 83,000 attendances it was our biggest yet!
Join us again 12-17 May 2020 for our 20th Festival, when we bring the world to Auckland to celebrate books, conversation and ideas.
The 2020 programme will be announced 11 March.
Announcing the Coalition for BooksA dynamic collaborative organisation has formed to make a tangible difference to the literary landscape of Aotearoa. During its initial year, the Coalition will be a collaborative venture beneath the umbrella of the Auckland Writers Festival. Other significant founding organisations include the Booksellers Association, the Society of Authors, the Publishers Association, Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, the Michael King Writers Centre and the Academy of New Zealand Literature. Read more ›
Auckland Writers Festival Continues Its Record-Breaking RunPeople of all ages flocked to the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival this week, which broke its previous attendance record with more than 82,000 seats filled across seven days of tremendous conversations, inspiring performances and theatres filled with laughter at venues throughout the city’s centre. Read more ›
‘Urgently Relevant’ Novel Wins Country’s Richest Literary AwardDame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’ Read more ›